Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

College Council Meeting Minutes January 28, 2010

COLLEGE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
JANUARY 28, 2010
Office Of College Services Board Room

ATTENDANCE                     

Present   

Absent                    

Guests                  

Richard Allison
Maryann Anderson
Joyce Breckenridge
Yvonne Burns
Toni Carney
Mary Ellen Driver
Carl Francolino
Rita Gallegos
Donna Imhoff
Joanne Jeffcoat
Rachel Matheis
Maura Stevenson
Barbara Thompson
Stephen Wells 

Mary Frances Archey
John Dziak
Charles Martoni

 Elizabeth Harkay
 Kevin Smay

Maryann Anderson, College Council Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM. Mrs. Anderson welcomed Rachel Matheis to Council. Dr. Matheis was on sabbatical during the Fall semester and Dan Maddox had been filling in for her on Council, and as Secretary of Academic Standards and Student Affairs. Dr. Matheis will now assume these duties.

Mrs. Anderson mentioned that Mary Frances Archey would not attend Council meetings today or February 11. Kevin Smay was in attendance in Dr. Archey’s place. Someone else will be representing Dr. Archey at the following meeting. This is permitted because Dr. Archey is an ex-officio member of College Council, which is a non-voting position.

Mrs. Anderson and all of College Council congratulated Rita Gallegos on receiving the NISOD award.

AGENDA ITEM I: APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF
THE DEC. 10, 2010 MEETING

Joanne Jeffcoat moved to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2009 meeting of College Council. Toni Carney seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved as amended.  

AGENDA ITEM II:SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

A.  CURRICULUM  

Proposal:  Revision of the Radiation Therapy Technology (RTT) Program Description to include Learning Objectives and Accrediting Agency Contact Information

Maura Stevenson remarked that the Curriculum Subcommittee met last week, at which time this proposal was approved with minor revisions. Dr. Stevenson reminded Council members that this is a program with special accreditation; therefore the program must follow the guidelines of the accrediting body first, and the college guidelines second.

Elizabeth Harkay presented the proposal.  The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). When the JRCERT looks over a self study and makes a site visit, they are very interested in what is published about the program; therefore the program objectives published in the catalog and on the website are very important. The proposal was the result of a year’s worth of work on the part of the Radiation Therapy Advisory Committee and the faculty.

Steve Wells asked how “graduates will be able to function as competent, technically proficient entry-level practitioners,” could be measured.  Mrs. Harkay replied that this would be evident from their clinical experience.

Barbara Thompson asked how the program “promotes the importance of lifelong learning” as is mentioned in program learning objectives. Mrs. Harkay explained that students must take courses to maintain their certification, and they are encouraged to join their professional organization, The American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The faculty also instills in the students the importance of continuing on their career ladder.

Barbara Thompson pointed out a math error in computing credits for the second semester.  It will be corrected.

Carl Francolino moved to approve the proposal. Rita Gallegos seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Stevenson mentioned that there are two proposals, one in biology and one in chemistry that will be presented to the Curriculum Subcommittee in the near future.

B.  ACADEMIC PLANNING

Joanne Jeffcoat reported that the Subcommittee met last week in executive session to review the hiring lists submitted by the campuses.  The Subcommittee will develop a list of recommendations based upon the individual campus’s recommendations. There were 43 requests for faculty, educational technicians and counselors and 9 requests for minority hires. The hearing will be February 3 in the Board Room of the Office of College Services.

C.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND STUDENT AFFAIRS

Toni Carney reported that the Subcommittee did not meet in January. Two proposals, one from Renee Clark on Behavior Intervention Teams; and one from Mary Lou Kennedy on an addition to the Student Code of Behavioral Conduct regarding students in limited enrollment programs, or in programs with special behavioral criteria, will be presented at the February 18th meeting of the Subcommittee.  

D.   ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH

Carl Francolino reported that the Subcommittee did not meet. He said that the transition to the new Blackboard server seems to have gone well. He is asking for feedback from faculty who are using Blackboard.

Mr. Francolino said that he met with Library Department Heads regarding innovations in information literacy and felt there was a general buy-in from the group.  He will report on this at the next Subcommittee meeting on February 4, with the hope of formulating a proposal.

Maryann Anderson asked what the Subcommittee involvement was with assessment. Mr. Francolino acknowledged that Mary Kate Quinlan has met with the Subcommittee several times. Maura Stevenson said that Ms. Quinlan has a general education assessment planned for quantitative and scientific reasoning.

AGENDA ITEM III: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Barbara Thompson reported that the Experimental Course form is in the process of being placed on the College Council forms page of the website under Curriculum.

AGENDA ITEM IV: NEW BUSINESS

Kevin Smay distributed copies of a report, “Program/Discipline Review Responses for Program/Discipline Reviews Advanced by the Academic Planning Committee Between March 26, 2009 and May 7, 2009,” prepared by Mary Frances Archey. Dr. Archey suggested that department heads for the 12 programs or disciplines included in the report take the requests into consideration when completing their 2010-2011 budgets. The report has been distributed to the deans with a request that they share the list with the appropriate department heads.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at 3:28 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Thompson
College Council Secretary